Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Tuesday! New Photopolymer Stamp Sets and New MDS Downloads

Hi Stampers! 

I have some exciting new release information for you today. 

First up - it's Tuesday and that always means brand new downloadable content for My Digital Studio.  Today there are a lot of fun items from the Occasions catalog. 





Next up are two brand new Photopolymer stamp sets. How cute are these sets??? They are perfect for those of you who LOVE coloring in stamped images.




All of these items can be ordered in my online shop!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Take a Tour of the Feb 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Hi Stampers!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Are you excited for daylight savings time?  I love it!  I finally get to see the light of day!!!  Yay!

Today I have a tour of the February My Paper Pumpkin kit.  My Paper Pumpkin is the monthly paper crafting kit from Stampin' Up!  It's so much fun to get a little surprise crafting kit in the mail every month.

As usual, I open the kit to find a little thank you note from Stampin' Up!

This month we received photopolymer stamps!  Yay!  I love the photopolymer stamps so much because they are clear!  That means you can see where you stamp.  That means perfect stamp placement - and that means that all of your friends will be super impressed with your beautifully stamped projects. 

There are two stamps, a polka dot circle and a striped circle.  This month's Stampin' Spot is Pistachio Pudding - one of my favorite new In Colors.


Here's the packet with instructions and supplies.  This month we are creating adorable little gift bags!


Five craft gift bags.  Five!


Four sheets of punch out alphas in Baked Brown Sugar.


Bermuda Bay punch out circles and Whisper White "star burst" style punch outs.



The kit also comes with 10 pieces of Whisper White wide grosgrain ribbon, a ton of mini clothes pins, some Crushed Curry baker's twine, and Dimensionals!


Some people have some issues with photopolymer stamps because when they first go to use them, sometimes they have problems with getting a nice, crisp stamped image.  The problem is that in the manufacturing process, there is a residue that's on the stamps.  The best way to get rid of the residue is to "dirty" up your stamps.  What I have found is that all you need is a handy, dandy eraser!


Remember these eraser pencils?  This is my favorite stamp dirtying tool.  I erase the whole stamping surface of the stamp to dirty it up.  Then I will ink up the stamp and stamp on a piece of scratch paper a couple times.  Then I'll clean the stamp with my Stampin' Scrub and I'm good to go!


Now on to the project.   I stamped the polka dot circle, in Pistachio Pudding ink, on the star burst circles.  I adhered them to the Bermuda  Bay circles.


Then I selected the letters I wanted to use and popped them up on Dimensionals.


This is what the panels look like all put together!


Now on to the bag!  First you want to put a knot at the end of one piece of ribbon.


Thread the ribbon through the first hole from the inside of the bag to the outside.  Then thread it through the second hole from the outside to the inside.  Knot the other end.  Repeat on the other side of the bag with a second piece of ribbon.


Using the mini clothes pins and baker's twine, I first clip on the first and last letter.  Then I add in the remaining letters.  If you want to have a sort of permanent way of keeping the letters on, I taped them on to the bakers twine and then put the clothes pin on.

Here's the finished bag!


I made up four more.  Two I personalized with people's names and two I just put "enjoy" on.  I figured that it's a nice, general word to put on a gift bag and can be used for many occasions!


Check out all of the leftovers!  I'm stashing these away because I think they would be great for cards and scrapbook layouts.  Plus these stamps will be so useful for other types of cards!


I hope you enjoyed the tour through this month's Paper Pumpkin!  If you are interested in becoming a member of the My Paper Pumpkin subscription now is a great time!  From now through March 31st, 2014, any new subscriber will get two bonuses!  With your starter kit, Stampin' Up! will also send you a pack of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write markers (a value of $14.95) and as a personal thank you for subscribing in the month of March, I will send you a free mystery prize!  Click on the link below to join.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Love Anniversary Card

Hi Stampers!

I'm back!  I'm going to try to be a good blogger.  I hope I can.  It's been a very busy couple months and with the non-stop snow and craziness at work I just haven't had the time or motivation to post.  This weather just puts me in such a grumpy mood all of the time.  I'm counting down the days until spring!
Today I have an anniversary card to share with you.  This card was cased from one that I saw in an issue of Stampin' Success magazine.  That's the SU demonstrator exclusive magazine which is chock full of ideas and inspiration for paper crafting.  I love it!

I sent this one to my cousins for their wedding anniversary.  I know she LOVES Pool Party, so I had to include that color on the card!

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I was a little worried about putting the In Color Boutique Details embellishment though the mail, but my cousin reported that the card arrived in good condition!  Yay Postal Service!!!

All of the items used to create this card can be purchased from my online shop: SHOP HERE


Stampin' Supplies:
Card Stock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Champagne Glitter Paper
Stamps: Seasonal Sayings
Ink: Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush Stampin' Write Markers
Embellishments: Tea Lace Doily, 2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details, Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Big Shot

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 125

Hi Stampers! 

Today I have a card for this weeks challenge over on the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

Here's this week's sketch.  It is pretty basic so I had to think outside of the box to decide on how I was going to embellish on it.

First I decided on which Designer Series Paper I wanted to use, and from that I chose my color combo. I went with something bright and cheery - the Quatrefancy DSP!

I thought that a little bit of Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo would be nice on a day we are expecting more STUPID SNOW!

Sarah's Stamp Lab

To make the flower, I stamped the image from the Simple Stems stamp set three times - once in Island Indigo, once in Melon Mambo, and one final time in Daffodil Delight.  Then I cut out the different layers of flowers.  I used my two-way glue pen to add some Dazzling Diamonds around each flower edge for extra sparkle.  I layered them with Dimensionals and added a Basic Rhinestone to the center.  The final step was to stamp the sentiment from the Gifts of Kindness stamp set in Melon Mambo.

Sarah's Stamp Lab

Stampin' Supplies:
Designer Series Paper: Quatrefancy